|This good size mirror carp was landed on a|
freelined mulberry (see right photo).
The mulberry drop is in full swing right now.
Carp just love mulberries and they can't get enough of them once they start falling into the water. They will sit under a tree and eat and eat as the food just drops down from above. Impale one of these berries onto a #8 hook and toss it in. The carp will generally fight for it.
Be aware, though, that carp will get very wise to this berry thing. In places where fishermen use them, carp will develop a keen sense in which they soon figure out which berries have a hook in them and which do not! Additionally, you will have to put the berry right in front of these sharp eyed feeding carp.
Have a tree in your backyard and you want to collect berries to use by the water? Forget it. This only works in places where berries are hitting the water. The tree has to be by the water. The carp have to be conditioned to eat them.
Mulberries come in white, pink and purple shades. The berry drop is a short lived phenomenon. It lasts for about two to three weeks here in southern New England. The biggest carp I have ever landed on a freelined berry is a 25 lb. mirror!